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Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019: Section 3(5) - Motion to Take Note (28 Oct 2019)

Lord Bew: ...opinion and could be gained some time next year if this becomes the issue. Perhaps more important is the Irish language question. I want to say one thing. We have been told, quite rightly, that Brexit was stopping a deal or an accommodation. That is a perfectly correct point; it has made things very difficult. But a no-deal Brexit, which was the most destabilising prospect for the talks,...

Devolved Administrations: 20th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (22 May 2019)

Lord Bew: ...as easily placated as we would like. All of this I say as somebody who now believes that this is a crucial moment in the history of our devolved settlement, because it is undoubtedly challenged by Brexit. There is no question about that. I hope that my friends in Dublin will not hear us—they would get quite a shock. It would cause a lot of indigestion tonight if they thought that they...

Northern Ireland: Devolution - Statement (14 Feb 2019)

Lord Bew: ...of the prizes if we move in any way successfully on the Brady amendment is that it opens the way for calling an Assembly election in a different context, in which there will clearly not be a hard Brexit? At this point, with the prospect of that, it is too risky, but does he accept that, after 26 March, if things go well in another sphere, serious consideration should be given to the...

Brexit: Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration - Motion to Take Note (1st Day) (5 Dec 2018)

Lord Bew: ...the vexing Northern Irish backstop issue. I should perhaps first say that I entirely accept the Government’s good-faith desire to deal with the difficulties created for the Irish Republic by Brexit—in particular, their desire to avoid a hard border in Ireland. The Government indicated before last Christmas that there are no circumstances in which they would create anything that might...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation and Exercise of Functions) Bill - Committee (30 Oct 2018)

Lord Bew: ...different level of bullying. The consequence has been that the Civil Service has lost some of its élan and, to be blunt, self-confidence. Related to that is the fact that at the beginning of the Brexit crisis the Irish Government, under Enda Kenny, the then Taoiseach, had allowed practical discussions about the border and other questions to go on with Northern Ireland civil servants, but...

Good Friday Agreement: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (11 Oct 2018)

Lord Bew: ...; none the less, I am not sure that they have been carefully defined in this debate, nor has there been any attempt to sketch a way forward, given that this has happened. However, it is not just Brexit; alongside it is a perfect storm of the Irish language, the renewable heating initiative scandal and other issues relating to laws on abortion and gay marriage. All those things have come...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (9 Oct 2018)

Lord Bew: ...in her mind when she made the point. In talking about the Bill, I must express a degree of surprise. The House is well aware of the intensity of the recent debate in this Chamber about a possible Brexit hard border. It was a deeply passionate event and I well remember the noble Lord, Lord Alderdice, explaining that there were circumstances in which he would not be content with Liberty Hall...

Northern Ireland Executive: Update - Statement (6 Sep 2018)

Lord Bew: ...devolution. I accept that that is absolutely the purpose. It will not be done tomorrow, but over the next few months there is some chance. It probably awaits the resolution of key questions on Brexit. Everything in the legislation gently helps. Let me also say something colder and more brutal, which has already been referenced in the speech by the noble Lord, Lord Hain. We are moving...

Northern Ireland Budget (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (18 Jul 2018)

Lord Bew: ...I hope that the consideration that is apparently still going on in the NIO leads to another appeal because it is a ridiculous place for us all to be in. The noble Lord, Lord Empey, also mentioned Brexit. It is the big problem about the restoration of devolution, which we all wish to see. Everybody knows there are a number of other issues. In recent times, the Irish language Act has...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Report (5th Day) (2 May 2018)

Lord Bew: ...intimate experience of the peace process—said that the solution was technology on the border plus turning a blind eye to certain forms of smaller trade. That is the former Taoiseach, not a Tory Brexiteer. The Swedish former deputy head of customs, Lars Karlsson, who has been referred to already, gave evidence to the relevant Select Committee in the other place and said that it was...

Transparency of Donations and Loans etc. (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2018 - Motion to Approve (27 Feb 2018)

Lord Bew: ...at times we now hear people claiming that the peace process is on the verge of collapse, we all seem confident enough to do this, which would suggest that, whatever the tensions that arise out of Brexit, the peace process might not actually be on the verge of collapse. I have one issue to raise that has already been alluded to by the noble Lords, Lord Tyler and Lord Browne of Belmont, and...

Brexit: Devolved Administrations - Motion to Take Note (25 Jan 2018)

Lord Bew: ...in support for the union among its supporters. In the last general election, the pro-EU Ulster Unionist Party took a terrible hit while the share of the vote for the Democratic Unionist Party—the Brexit party—went up markedly. The most reliable poll in Northern Ireland, the Life and Times Survey, taken after the referendum, shows that the numbers of those supporting the union and those...

Brexit: Deal or No Deal (European Union Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Jan 2018)

Lord Bew: My Lords, I voted remain in the referendum because I was convinced that the consequences of a pro-Brexit vote would be destabilising for the island of Ireland—and, indeed, I think they have been destabilising. This afternoon, I attended with great pleasure the European Union Select Committee meeting chaired by the noble Lord, Lord Boswell, who I am glad to see back in his place. A very...

UK Defence Forces - Motion to Take Note (23 Nov 2017)

Lord Bew: ...of speeches acknowledging her awareness of public concern about these issues. If we are going to win the battle, we will have to deal with it. The matter is made extremely difficult now because of Brexit, because it places the Government in a situation where they have to bring people into government very quickly to solve technical problems. It is very difficult for government to deal with...

Devolved Administrations: Memorandum of Understanding - Question for Short Debate (20 Nov 2017)

Lord Bew: ...should, “review the operation of the Memorandum of Understanding”. I think it is inevitable that over the next two years we are going to have to make substantial changes. One obvious reason is Brexit, which looms quite large over many passages of the existing 2013 memorandum. It is perfectly clear that it is going to lead to changes to that memorandum of understanding with the devolved...

Northern Ireland Budget Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (14 Nov 2017)

Lord Bew: ...dropped back slightly in significance and now, inevitably, it is returning to the public eye as the hearings go on—will improve the chances of an agreement. An even more profound issue is the way Brexit is affecting the mood of politics in Northern Ireland and Ireland as a whole. I regard this as regrettable and by no means inevitable. The noble Lord, Lord Empey, is perfectly correct to...

Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Sep 2017)

Lord Bew: .... Two nights ago, the noble Lord, Lord Morrow, will have heard, as I did, a former Secretary of State, the noble Lord, Lord Hain, talk about the difficult situation that we are entering into post Brexit regarding the border. The noble Lord said that he feared a great increase in trafficking. I hope that that does not happen. I was glad to read in the Irish Times today perhaps the first...

Brexit: UK-Irish Relations - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (5 Sep 2017)

Lord Bew: ...and thought they had many good arguments. I wanted to stay within the European Union, I was a remainer, simply because I thought it would be very destabilising for the island of Ireland. In fact, Brexit has been indisputably destabilising for the island of Ireland. For Sinn Fein it has been a marvellous thing: the days are long gone, but I am old enough to remember, as I think is the noble...

Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (10 Mar 2017)

Lord Bew: ...that there would be change. However, I am absolutely certain—I know I am speaking to a Government who are rising on the crest of a wave with high opinion polls—that the massive distraction of Brexit will take up a great deal of government energy. However, this issue cannot be left where it is when the expectation has been raised that there will be some movement in this area, and then...

Lobbying (Transparency) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (9 Sep 2016)

Lord Bew: .... Indeed, next week we will publish a cognate document on ethics for regulators. As the noble Lord, Lord Brooke, said, there will be an explosion of activity in this area as a consequence of Brexit. I am grateful to him for creating a context for discussion about this important issues. This is an extraordinarily complex issue. There are few, if any, easy answers. The committee has spent...


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